DIY Calm Down Bottle Inspo!

August 14, 2020

DIY Calm Down Bottle Inspo!

Your go-to guide for DIY Calm Down Bottle Inspo!

So you've purchased one of our DIY Calm Down Bottles and you need some pointers on how to create an amazing sensory tool. Well, check out this blog post where we'll give you some great tips and tricks! 

You should have received an instruction manual in your bottle so you'll know the basics; remove the silicone ends, empty the packet of crafts into the bottle, fill with warm water, secure the lid, poop the silicone ends back and you're good to go. 

Now for the added flair! We've spoken to some of our lovely customers and combined a list of fantastic ideas to make your Calm Down Bottle extra special:



TIP #1

Add some dishwashing liquid for a slow-flowing mixture. We find this works best with lots of glitter and sparkles!

How to make your own calm down bottle


TIP #2

@prettyplaypoppy recommends adding Elmer's clear glue to the mixture with some boiling water and shaking well. This also allows for a slow-flowing bottle that's super mesmerizing for little ones. Warning; wait until the bottle cools before giving to kids. 

How to make your own calm down bottle

Try using some Elmer's Glow in the Dark Glue which you can get from any Officeworks, Kmart, Big W or Woolworths. Use around half the bottle of glue and mix with your glitter contents to create your very glow stick! Perfect for helping little ones who are afraid of the dark. Check out this one out by

Glow in the Dark Calm Down Bottle


TIP #3

We've found that pom poms and sparkly streamers make the best and most interesting crafts to add to your calm down bottle. Some of our customers have bought streamer (or cheer) pom poms and cut up little pieces! 

Craft inserts in Jellystone Designs Calm Down Bottle



TIP #4

Googly eyes! Works really well with the mint calm down bottle and the kids love them watching them.



TIP #5

@thewondersofplay made a beautiful calm down bottle with fresh flowers inside. It's the perfect combination of nature play and sensory play! 

Flowers inside Mint Calm Down Bottle



TIP #6

Create a theme for your calm down bottle! Some ideas are nature, underwater, floral and rainbow. @these_playfuldays did an ocean theme for their blue calm down bottle:

Ocean themed calm down bottle
Underwater themed calm down bottle


Tip #7

If you want to make your calm down bottle a little more Christmassy, we have just the thing. Why not add a bit of crimson bottlebrush and some rosemary so you can get those lovely bright red and green colours to pop? You can even try it out in one of our limited edition Christmas Bottles to complete the Christmas theme! 

Christmas-themed calm down bottle


Tip #8

Add little Lego pieces to the bottle! They add a pop of colour and are great things for kids to focus on as they shake the bottle. Check out @instahenri fantastic Lego bottle here: 

Lego in the calm down bottle


Tip #9

Do a treasure hunt around the garden for flowers, leaves and other little bits and pieces that they can add to the calm down bottle. It's perfect combination of nature and sensory play, and works especially well in Autumn and Spring! If you want to see our treasure hunt in action, click here

Flowers in a snow calm down bottle
We are in love with this pretty pink floral bottle from @a.mellow.mumma 
Pink Floral Calm Down Bottle


Tip #10

Pop some water beads in your calm down bottle! Look at the brilliant colours in these bottles from @beautifullittlesoulsblog@miles.and.noah and If you are interested in ordering water marbles, our friends at Huckleberry Store sell them on their online store!

Water Marbles in the Calm Down Bottle

Water beads in the snow calm down bottle
Water beads in a calm down bottle


Tip #11

Try using dry ingredients like rice, grain and sand. Add some fun toys and the kids will love watching them make their way through the bottle! See this fabulous calm down bottle creation from @miles.and.noah

Rice beads in the snow calm down bottle


Tip #12

Help your little ones learn about all things nature! By adding some dyed grains, insect figurines and fresh flowers to your bottle, you can create your very own ecosystem like the one @seaofashe has created here!

Flowers and insects in diy calm down bottle

And check out this bee-themed one by @play.learn.flourish. They used coloured rice, felt balls and some insect figurines.

Bee-themed calm down bottle

This beautiful nature-themed bottle is filled with yellow sequins and little bee figurines!

Nature-themed calm down bottle


Tip #13

Is your child into Pokémon? Or maybe Bakugan? Create your own themed bottle like below and fill it with your child's favourite characters!

Pokemon-themed calm down bottle


Tip #14

Don't want your old water beads to go to waste? Well you don't have to! Use your old water beads to create your own lava lamp bottle. When the light hits the oil and broken beads, it throws off this awesome lava lamp like effect where oil rises and falls between the colour. Check out this one from @miles.and.noah

Lava lamp calm down bottle

Tip #15

Create your own lava lamp! Simply place oil, water and food colouring into a bottle. Add some broken up alka seltzer tablets and watch the magic happen! This one is by @baby_burrito_play.

Lava Lamp


Tip #16

To celebrate space week, @our.tiny.moments created this fabulous galaxy-themed bottle! All you need are cotton balls, glitter and paint. Start by filling 1/4 of the bottle with water, then add some liquid paint to the water. Stir, add glitter and then push some cotton balls into the water. Keep adding different layers of paint and glitter to the bottle until near the top. Add the lid and secure firmly.

Galaxy Themed Bottle

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